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Steve Newcomb made an astute observation many years ago
as the www was first being touted. He said that at some
point, owners of nodes that began to notice that their
machines were using a lot of cycles moving other people's
messages from place to place would charge for the passthrough.
Metered Internet nodes: that will bring the revolution to a
screaming halt. Or the big guys will give up these patents.
From: Ken North [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
While doing some research, I found two interesting patent applications that
surfaced last week.
One is Amazon's. It sees a potential profit from acting as a broker for web
The other is by Google. Its patent application concerns RSS feeds: searching
them and using
content-matching techniques to insert ads in RSS streams.